FF: Weekly racing news 2008-06-16

FOCUSES IN ACTION IN IND., ILL., N.C., CALIF. & UTAH; HAMILTON, MATHEWS, PENNINGTON, MOHELSKI, BOWMAN ALL RECORD FOCUS FEATURE VICTORIES Tracks in Indiana, Illinois, North Carolina, California and Utah will resound with USAC Ford...

FOCUSES IN ACTION IN IND., ILL., N.C., CALIF. & UTAH; HAMILTON, MATHEWS, PENNINGTON, MOHELSKI, BOWMAN ALL RECORD FOCUS FEATURE VICTORIES

Tracks in Indiana, Illinois, North Carolina, California and Utah will resound with USAC Ford Focus noise this week as series championships continue to be contested.

The Midwest, Indiana and UMARA series combine as part of Wednesday night's "tripleheader" at the Plymouth (Ind.) Speedway with Kyle Hamilton (Midwest & Indiana) and Brad Greenup (UMARA) the respective point leaders. The UMARA series continues with a Saturday night race at Grundy County Speedway in Morris, Ill. Michael Mohelski leads the Carolina Series to Wednesday night's race at Concord, N.C., while Alex Bowman sits atop the California Dirt points going into Saturday's race at Bakersfield Speedway. Kipp Posey is the leader in the Auto Trader Utah Developmental Series which competes Saturday at Rocky Mountain Raceways in Salt Lake City.

Mishawaka, Ind. driver Jordan Pennington won Saturday night's Midwest/UMARA race at Grundy County Speedway, leading all 20 laps in his Pennington Racing Bullet to beat Hamilton, Marc Wachter, Tony Devea and Greenup.

Mohelski, of Frederick, Md., extended his point lead in the Carolina Ford Focus Series presented by the Richard Petty Driving Experience by winning Sunday afternoon's 35-lap feature race at Shenandoah Speedway. The race had been postponed Saturday by rain. Mohelski passed Rick Fedrizzi on lap 23 and led the final 13 laps to beat Bradley Riethmeyer, Ryan Osborne, Sean Carman and Marc Daily. Eric Coomes, Michael Ward and Fedrizzi led early laps before Mohelski took over.

Alex Bowman was Saturday night's California Dirt Series winner at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway. Bowman passed Walt Johnson on lap 16 and led the final five laps to beat Nick Carlson, Austin Williams, Johnson and Kevin Michnowicz.

Hamilton, of Danville, Ind., and Steven Mathews of New Liskeard, Ont., Canada won Wednesday's Indiana Series feature events at Anderson, Ind. The 25-lap feature won by Hamilton was part of the salute to the 75-year history of Midget Auto Racing.

Auston Harris led the first 20 laps of the first Anderson race but an accident sidelined him, leaving Hamilton to lead the last five laps in his Curtis Motor Sales/Pit Fit Training Beast. He was followed at the finish by Mathews, Pennington, J.T. Hiltibran and Katie Hargitt. The 20-lap Anderson finale saw Mathews pass Hargitt on lap five and lead the rest of the way in his JRP/Bill Mathews Motors Beast. Hamilton, Pennington, Hargitt and Hiltibran rounded out the "top-five."

-credit: usac

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Series USAC
Drivers Richard Petty , Auston Harris , Alex Bowman , Kevin Michnowicz
Teams Williams